What Are the Potential Problems With Duolingo for Young Learners?
I'm a middle school English teacher here in Korea, and I'd like to use Duolingo as supplementary material (or possibly as part of their grade), but I'm wondering if you guys are having any problems with the program as native Korean speakers. I'm currently using Duolingo for Spanish, and it's been fantastic. The thing is that my Korean is 10 times better than my Spanish, but doing the "English from Korean" tree seems more challenging than Spanish. Maybe it's because I speak and write in Korean enough to be understood, but Duolingo is looking for perfect translations. I would love to introduce the program to my students, but I'd like to hear your thoughts.
저는 한국에서 중학교 영어 원어민 선생님이에요. 저는 학생들한테 Duolingo를 소개하고 싶은데 한국 사람들은 Duolingo를 쉽게 사용할 수 있는지 제가 궁금해요. 지금 Duolingo로 스페인말을 공부해요. 너무 만족해요. 근데 제가 한국말을 스페인말보다 훨씬 더 잘 해도 한국말 공부한는 것Duolingo로 더 어려워 같아요. 근데 제가 한국 사람 아니에요. 그래서 아마 영어를 한국말로 Duolingo 프로그램 교수 잘 이해못해요. 정말 이 프로그렘을 소개하고 싶어요. 당신들의 생각하는것 알고 싶어요. 여어로 대답하세요!
As you know, Duolingo(Kor.) is now on its Beta ver. and there are some problems, especially when users try to answer the questions 'Translate English sentences to Korean.' If you want to grade students by Duolingo's level, it is not advisable because, as you said, "Nice weather" could be also '기후가 좋네요(the climate is good)' or '(날씨 좋다)great weather', '(날씨가 좋네요)The weather is good, great, nice, beautiful,' etc, but Duolingo doesn't have flexible Korean answers. So students can be confused with it as you were. But if you just want to use Duolingo for cheering the class, I think it's pretty good. It'll make the students to have fun with studying English. Before the class, just tell them its Korean answer might be tough to fit in but yours is also right :).
Being at the level you guys are in Duolingo, are all forms of Korean acceptable? I've only tried the Korean to English tree a few times, but I'm curious if writing in the respectful, formal and informal forms are all acceptable. The respectful form is quite difficult for me, but formal and informal forms are a lot easier.
Do you have a lot of frustration inputting the correct Korean answer only to get it wrong? Have you been able to figure out a particular writing style in Korean that can get around the imperfections of Duolingo?
My middle school is dropping all tests from the second semester (midterms, finals, speaking and writing tests), so we're trying to figure out ways to evaluate students' abilities. Duolingo popped into my mind. I can understand what you're saying if I were to let students only use Duolingo at school, but I'm thinking of setting an attainable goal to reach in the Korean to English tree within one semester. I love the program, because they can work on it at school, at home and on their smart phones.
I don't think it is a good idea. I'm Korean and I'm learning Spanish using Duolingo. I really like its Spanish course. English and Spanish share a number of cognates, grammar elements, so that Doulingo can be a good way to learn Spanish. However, Korean is too different with English to fine one-to-one correspondence. In the Korean language, verbs and adjectives conjugate in numerous ways. This is only one example out of many. The difference between English and Korean made my experience of Duolingo for English (using Korean) annoying and irritating. Don't make your students waste their time.
Howdy! I think it is an excellent idea as long as you and your students have a reasonable expectation for this great on-line initiative. :D Indeed it is not a silver bullet. However, Duolingo does help its users to get into the habit of studying foreign language(s) on a regular basis. I do not agree with some of the concerns, criticisms raised here by others as Duolingo is least likely be used by your students as the one and only tool or reference in learning and improving their English. It is still a "beta" version but the almighty volunteers, moderators and course participants have done a wonderful job collectively to significantly improve the course contents since you threw the question here last time as well. Hope this helps. :D
P.S: I just noticed that your Korean is simply superb for being a native English speaker. Kindly consider volunteering for creation of "Korean Course for English Speakers" please. :D It is a great shame that there is no "Korean Course for English Speakers" in Duolingo even as a "beta" status at the moment. :(